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  • Ep. 22. How Bureaucratic Jargon Can Cost Lives

    GUESTS: Katherine Spivey and Katina Rae Stapleton, Co-Chairs, Plain Language Action and Information Network (PLAIN)

    When you think of models of clear writing and easy communication, do you think of the Federal Government? It turns out one of the leading perpetrators of the bureaucratic lingo and dense legalese that most people detest has been quietly cleaning up its act for the past 10 years. Our guests, Katherine Spivey and Katina ...

    March 20, 2022

    Headshot of Katina Stapleton and Katherine Spivey
    Ep. 22: 03.20.22
  • Ep. 21. Former Netflix Exec on Managing a Crisis (‘HIT’ Can Help)

    GUEST: Steve Swasey, former Netflix vice president of corporate affairs; career communicator (Netflix, Kabam, Oracle, Red Ventures)

    As former vice president of corporate communications for Netflix, our guest Steve Swasey had a front-row seat to Netflix’s near-disastrous decision in 2011 to split its video streaming and DVD services. The backlash was swift and threatened to sink what, to that point, had been a highly successful company. In this episode, we talk about ...

    March 6, 2022

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    Ep. 21: 03.06.22
  • Ep. 20. How to Have a Tough Conversation

    GUESTS: Jackie Stavros and Cheri Torres, Authors, Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement

    Our words are what often help us to frame whether we see the world as a set of problems or opportunities. Communications experts Jackie Stavros and Cheri Torres believe that anyone can create meaningful and productive conversations that can be catalysts for change. it comes down to asking the right questions and approaching challenging conversations ...

    February 20, 2022

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    Ep. 20: 02.20.22
  • Ep. 19. How To Make Numbers Sticky: Chip Heath on Making Data Count

    GUEST: Bestselling author Chip Heath, Making Numbers Count

    When we look at the world through numbers, our brains can’t always compute the full picture, says Chip Heath, co-author of Making Numbers Count. On this episode, this New York Times bestselling author (Made to Stick, Switch) shares how the right numbers told the right way can be absolutely illuminating. The trick is translating ...

    February 6, 2022

    Screenshot of Making Numbers Count by Chip Heath and Karla Starr
    Ep. 19: 02.06.22
  • Ep. 18. How Should We Talk About Addiction?

    GUEST: Dr. Carl Erik Fisher, Author, The Urge: Our History of Addiction

    At 29, as a newly minted physician in the psychiatry residency program at Columbia University, Dr. Carl Erik Fisher had much to look forward to – that is until his alcohol addiction landed him in New York City’s Bellevue hospital and nearly cost him everything. In this episode, we talk with Carl about that experience ...

    January 23, 2022

    Ep. 18: 01.23.22
  • Ep. 17. Make It. Don’t Fake It.

    GUEST: Sabrina Horn, Author, Make It, Don’t Fake It: Leading with Authenticity for Real Business Success

    Is the popular expression “fake it till you make it” a harmless meme or bad advice for those who follow it? Our guest Sabrina Horn sees it as problematic for society and business leaders, but does she ever think “faking it” has its place in business? What’s the difference between a healthy stretching of the ...

    January 9, 2022

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    Ep. 17: 01.09.22
  • Ep. 16. Here’s How to Say F*ck No!

    GUEST: Sarah Knight, Author, F*ck No! How to Stop Saying Yes When You Can’t, You Shouldn’t, or You Just Don’t Want To

    Do you often say yes when you want to say F*ck no!? Our guest Sarah Knight wants you to stop doing that – and she has the tools and strategies to show you how. In this episode, we talk about her latest book F*ck No! How to Stop Saying Yes When You Can’t, You Shouldn’t, ...

    December 26, 2021

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    Ep. 16: 12.26.21